The New York Mets are a team that is looking to make an impact in 2023.
As part of their busy offseason, they gave their star second baseman Jeff McNeil, who is also the reigning National League batting champion, a four-year contract extension.
The 30-year-old hit for an MLB-best .326 average in 2022 and is ready to do more damage in 2023.
MLB Network is spending time at the Mets spring training camp in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Analysts Cliff Floyd and Robert Flores got a chance to catch up with McNeil and talk about his accomplishments from last year, as well as what his goals are for the new season.
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McNeil started off by praising the front office for all the moves they made.
He then discussed how the energy around camp is quite positive as of now thanks to some of those moves.
Floyd asked the Mets star about the rule changes for 2023.
McNeil cited the pitch clock as something that will require a bit of adjusting to throughout the season.
McNeil also talked about his preparation for the 2023 season.
He discussed getting as many swings as possible in during the offseason and at spring camp, but also not pushing himself too hard, staying within himself and simplifying his approach.
With the new rules restricting the shift, McNeil said that he felt like he was able to get back to the basics and keep his approach rather simple.
He discussed the importance of finding holes in order to get hits and finding ways to get on base.
If 2022, was any indication, McNeil is set for another special season.NEXT: Mets Post A Fun Hype Video For Spring Training